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SculptureCenter is accepting applicants for internships for 2017 seasons.

2017 Internships

Internships are unpaid but school credit may be earned. We regularly host international interns with strong language skills. Scheduling is flexible with an expected commitment of two days per week for 3 months.

Working with a small staff in an open office environment, you will gain valuable insight and hands on experience working for a non-profit art museum. Interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. You will also come away with important professional skills for working in the field of contemporary art.

Special Events and Development Internship, Fall 2017
The Special Events and Development intern works directly with the Individual Giving and Events Coordinator and the Director of Advancement on fundraising initiatives for SculptureCenter patron programs, the upcoming fall gala, database management, prospect research, and individual and corporate giving as well as membership, sponsorships, and project planning. The Special Events and Development intern will also help coordinate patron gallery tours, private collection and studio visits, and breakfasts, lunches or dinners. Previous experience in fundraising and special events preferred. The position requires a 2-3 day per week commitment and some assistance during evening and weekend events.

Curatorial Internship, Fall 2017
Curatorial interns work directly with the Curator and Exhibition and Program Manager in the organization of SculptureCenters exhibitions, programmatic activities, and public events. Summer interns work most intensively on a major project focused on emerging artists. Additionally, interns assist with planning and research for forthcoming exhibitions, participate in exhibition production, help with daily administrative duties and correspondence, and assist with public program and event staffing. They are also responsible for contributing to SculptureNotebook, SculptureCenters online platform.

Interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. They leave the program with a range of important professional skills for working in the field of contemporary art.

Qualified applicants will have professional written and oral communication, excellent organization, and online research skills as well as basic familiarity with creative software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. All internships will include special dedicated events and membership programming, attending gallery tours, artists' studios, and special collections. Interns should have a strong knowledge of and enthusiasm for contemporary art, enjoying visiting galleries and museums in their free time. Prior museum or gallery experience preferred.

Marketing and Communications Internship, Fall 2017
The Marketing and Communications Intern works directly with the Communications, Marketing, and Digital Media Manager, and the Director of Advancement, to maintain SculptureCenters media presence and public relations. Primary responsibilities will be updating social media accounts, including researching archival material, editing video, producing web content. In addition, the intern will be responsible for consolidating and growing our press list and press clippings/records. Interns provide day-to-day support for museum staff, including administrative duties and correspondence, and assist with event staffing. Candidates must be willing to learn new skills quickly, have strong administrative and organizational skills, and video editing experience. The position requires a 2-3 day per week commitment and some assistance during evening and weekend events.

How to Apply

To apply for a SculptureCenter Internship please send a resume, cover letter specifying your two preferred areas of interest, and two professional references to

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Public Process High School Internship Program

For more information about SculptureCenter's free three-week summer intensive program for high school students, visit the Public Process page.

Intern Testimonials

Marie Heilich, Assistant Director, White Flags Projects
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Fall 2012

"As a curatorial intern at SculptureCenter I worked closely with the staff to develop new research and writing for upcoming exhibitions and programming, in addition to assisting artists develop new projects. I left the internship invested in SculptureCenter's program of relevant artists and experimental approaches to exhibition making."

Jessica Hong, Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions & Publications, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Spring 2013

"As a Curatorial Intern, I received extensive, hands-on experience working on all aspects of the 2013 Better Homes exhibition, seeing the project evolve from its preliminary research stages to its physical manifestation. Additionally, I participated in selecting potential commissions and shaping the initial phases of the 2014 In Practice program, which gave me access to emerging artists exploring a diverse range of materials, ideas, and perspectives in novel and thought-provoking ways. As a small organization, you are part of a close-knit and collegial team, learning how an arts institution runs, but one that takes risks and emphasizes innovation. Taking part in the internship program, which I did during my graduate studies, enriched my professional experience and has helped prepare me for my current position. Furthermore, this experience will continue to be something I refer back to as I move forward on my professional track."

Misa Jeffereis, Curatorial Assistant, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Winter 2011

"As a Master's student and new resident of New York, I wanted to take advantage of the numerous internships that the city has to offer. My best experience was by far at SculptureCenter working the Curatorial Department. I was given a lot of responsibility right off the bat, from compiling checklists to drafting loan letters and securing reproduction rights for images. Since SculptureCenter has a small staff, I knew that my contributions were making an impact, and that was really important to me. By the end I had written seven posts for the Curator's Notebook blog and helped launch SC's Tumblr site. I would recommend the internship to anyone who enjoys plenty of responsibility and some play time too."

Lindsey Berfond, Curatorial Fellow, Art in General
SculptureCenter Curatorial Intern from Spring 2013

During my time at SculptureCenter, I worked with the curatorial staff on a wide range of projects, including the development of new commissions, participating in the selection process for the 2014 In Practice program, and assisting with editorial preparations for the SculptureCenter publication Where Is Production? As a Curatorial Intern, I received extensive insight into the process of innovative exhibition making, from research and contextualization to the pragmatics of production and installation. At SculptureCenter, I gained experience in the field that, together with my graduate school studies, would equip me with the skills I frequently apply in my current professional position and curatorial methodology. As an intern, you are part of a small team that is tuned in to contemporary art discourse and committed to collaborating with artists in new and dynamic ways. The mentorship and support that SculptureCenter provides for their interns is invaluable, becoming part of an expansive network of forward-thinking artists, curators, and thinkers working in New York and beyond.